One school division in Pembina’s operating area, the Peace Wapiti Public School Division, is reflecting on and transforming their practices to better support the needs and dreams of Indigenous students. They partnered with the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education and a committee of Indigenous scholars and change-makers, to engage with the local Indigenous communities to develop a comprehensive action plan, focused on helping schools recognize and integrate local Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
Pembina is grateful for the opportunity to support the research and development of this learning strategy with a $500,000 donation over five years.
"Working with Pembina and Werklund School of Education has been an intentional experience of building knowledge, trust and relationships - all before engaging in research with the community,” says Brigitte Benning, Indigenous Education Coordinator with the Peace Wapiti Public School Division. “In response to our Division’s needs, the approach that we are implementing is iterative, place-based, and guided by Indigenous values. The last few years have been about tending to the soil on which our future work will be done. These successes have created the foreground for engaging in our future projects with hope, trust and excitement. Our team looks forward to continuing the journey with the support of Pembina and Werklund."